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What Is Uncontrollable Jerking
Hypnic jerks: Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal. Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures. ...Read more
I'm afraid because when I go to sleep I have uncontrollable jerking motions, what kind of doctor should I visit?
Sleep medicine doc: You should either see an ENT with a skill-set in sleep medicine or a sleep medicine doctor. The jerking motions can represent many things such as restless leg syndrome, leg cramps, or even obstructive sleep apnea. You may need a sleep study to help make the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?
My body jerks whenever i lay dwn uncontrollably. I've had fibromyalgia for 2 years. Could that b likned to my uncontrollable jerks? My whole body
Megnesium: There is a blood test (or urine) to measure magnesium though your doc. You can also get an entire micronutrient panel from spectracell lab for overall health. Muscles don't relax smoothly but in little bursts, which may account for your jerks. Check w/doc. Please and good health to you. ...Read more
Seizures: A detailed history is needed. Uncontrollable body jerks could be seizure, if you have one side jerking and you are aware of it, this may represent simple partial seizures, if the jerking all over the body and you are fully awake, so this can not be seizure as generalized seizure causes complete brain shut down and loss of consciousness, electroencephalogram can help in diagnosis. ...Read more
I have been experiencing uncontrollable jerks while in a deep sleep, this happens at least 3 four times throughout the night , they have since stopped in the last 3 days. Should I still see a neuro?
Random,uncontrollable body jerks with shooting pain through head and severe all over body pain? I even drop stuff out of my hands when this happens.
Your symptoms warrant evaluation by a neurologist.
Wish you good health! ...Read more
Dizziness, one sided numbness, one sided temp loss of function, uncontrollable body jerks, oligoclonal bands in CSF and serum. Neuro behcets or ms?
Suggest : The oligoclonal bands should be significantly increased in spinal fluid as contrasted to serum to be c/w multiple sclerosis, and some of your problems are likewise supportive of ms. However, do you have history of eye and skin problems more in keeping with behcets, and are MRI studies of both head and neck c/w ms? This should be fairly easy to sort out, and if ambiguous, perhaps a second opinion. ...Read more
Numbness on right side of head/face, w/uncontrollable muscle twitches/jerks in right arm & hand. Neck MRI reports show nothing. What's causing this?
See your physician: These symptoms may represent a specific kind of headache (migraine) or other neurological condition, seizure, referred neuropathy, etc. Keep a log of the location, timing, duration, characteristic, and intensity of these episodes and take the log with you to your physician. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000647.htm ...Read more
Find the cause: Itching can be the result of multiple issues. Consult with your primary care doc for some basic labs and if all normal, see an allergist to additional testing. You need to get to the bottom of it to stop it. ...Read more
Stop your Cialis!: Just kidding. See a psychiatrist to have bipolar disorder ruled out. If you are on parkinson's medications, these can cause hyper sexuality. If so, address that with your neurologist. If you feel sexually addicted, there are sex anonymous groups that you can look up online. Psychotherapy can help. If you are not bipolar, some people get relief from paxil (paroxetine). Some people would say that there is no such thing as your condition. However, I have seen marriages break up because of the lack of willingness of one spouse to get into treatment. I have seen considerable suffering from this problem. Some people have sexual abuse histories with this condition as well and if that's the case please get into psychotherapy for that. ...Read more
Anxiety causes an: overall tightening of muscles in some, because of chronic stress hormones (most notably adrenaline) creating normetabolites that take time to release. During the hypnogogic state, these muscles can seemingly violently discharge some of this tension. This is known as a myoclonic discharge and is harmless, except for temporary sleep interruption. Try some yoga just before bed and lower stress. ...Read more
Hypnagogic 'jerk': 70% of people have had these: a hypnic jerk, hypnagogic jerk, sleep start, or night start, is an involuntary myoclonic twitch which occurs during hypnagogia, just as a person is beginning to fall asleep, often causing them to awaken suddenly for a moment. They are often accompanied by a 'falling sensation' possible causes are: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening. ...Read more
Involuntary twitches: Hypnagogic jerks are abrupt movements or muscle jerks when you are about to fall asleep. Occasional jerks are common and not serious. When you are about to fall asleep, your brain may interpret the change as a danger and signal your body to react. If they happen more than every 30 seconds, it is called periodic limb movement disorder. Fatigue, stress ; stimulants can worsen them. Vitamins may help. ...Read more
Many causes: There are many causes for unrelenting diarrhea. While the majority of causes are infectious in nature, there certainly aer other things that irritate the bowel (things like lactose intolerance, inflammatory bowel diseases...) that can cause ongoing diarrhea. You need a visit to yor doctor to explore the nature and frequency of the poop, and then get a good history and physical to pinpoint cause. ...Read more
Strange as it may : Seem, this is because of lousy diet. Your emotional reflexes are controlled by a part of the brain called the limbic system and this has become irritable and exaggerates the anger. It is very dangerous because it may be associated with violence. You need to get rid of sugar and sweeteners and get supplements of b complex, magnesium and a multivitamin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find the Cause: This can represent significant disease. One must find the cause of the problem before recommending treatment. Please go see the doctor. ...Read more
Sleep starts: Technically this is called a hypnic jerk or sleep start, it occurs at sleep onset. They can be more prominent according to the aasm with any of the following: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening. So the recommendation would be not to engage in any of the activities if the events are frequent or speak with your doctor about anxiety if need be. ...Read more
Nothing: Most people get both myoclonic jerks (real jerks, often accompanied by a pleasant or unpleasant feeling) and fasciculations (twitchies unaccompanied by any emotion.) both are harmless unless the fasciculations are primarily in the tongue, or if the myoclonic jerks cause you to kick your sleeping partner. ...Read more
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It's normal: These jerks are normal. Have you ever seen a dog sleeping and dreaming? Those twitching movements happen because our brain shuts off our body so we don't act out our dreams while we sleep. Myoclonic jerks are similar movements that can occur right as you fall asleep. If you're sleep deprived, they are more likely to happen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: If you are referring to hypnic jerks that are involuntary muscle twitches that occur at the transition from wake to sleep, having it multiple times per night may point to fragmentation of sleep by an underlying medical disorder, including sleep apnea, esp. If daytime sleepiness, periodic cessation of breathing, ; snoring occur. Consult w/ a sleep medicine specialist to help discern the cause of it. ...Read more
Not necessarily: No, a hypnic jerk does not necessarily need to wake you up to be called a hypnic jerk. It occurs at the transition of wake to sleep and people feel the "twitch" or "jump" and thus, wake up. For example, during a sleep study some people experience a hypnic jerk but to not wake up, although it is caught on the recording. ...Read more
Anxiety: Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. Magnesium level can be tested for and supplemented if needed. Low mag can cause jerks. ...Read more
How to handle uncontrollable unwanted thoughts from the past in the same environment it took place in?
Flashbacks: What you are describing are flashbacks. They occur following traumatic events. The best thing to do is find a psychologist who specializes in trauma treatment and talk with them about the events so that you can overcome what happened to you. In the meantime, when they occur sit, put both feet on the floor and remind yourself that you are now safe and what happened before it is not happening. ...Read more
My son jerking his head in every ten to fifteen minutes and this happned when he tries to slip and he wake up?
Can be normal: While falling asleep it is normal to have some "jerks" that jolt you awake when drifting off to sleep. This is a normal occurrence especially in childhood and adolescence. Although this occurrence can be normal please have your son evaluated by your primary care provider. ...Read more
My body jerks at night and now it also does when i'm awake. It's involuntary. Is this normal and if not what is it?
Go see a: Neurologist. The most important 'test' to diagnose any movement disorder is a through and detailed history and physical. You could help your neurologist by getting sample video to show him of your body jerks at night and daytime. You might need several attempts to catch this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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